Juvenile and Children's Law Section

This section provides a forum for lawyers who deal with juvenile and children’s law. It produces CLE courses related to this practice area, distributes a newsletter to section members, and works toward improving juvenile justice and children’s law.

Disability Law & Advocacy...
2416 21st Avenue South Ste 100
Nashville, TN 37212
Immediate Past Chair
Divorce Incorporated
318 Franklin Street
Clarksville, TN 37040

Editorial: Rehabilitation Vs. Incarceration a Tough Choice

In an editorial, the Commercial Appeal on Monday looked at a local case of two teenage boys accused of participating in a mob attack, and whether some youths can be rehabilitated within the juvenile system or if the severity and nature of their crimes warrant transfer into the adult system. A decision by Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael is pending on whether they should remain within the juvenile justice system, where they may have a better chance to be rehabilitated, or have their cases transferred to Criminal Court, where they would be handled as adults.

read more »

Sprinkler Vandalism Causes Damage, Security Issues at Juvenile Facilities

Shelby County Juvenile Court officials hope to upgrade detention facilities to stop flooding and security problems that are occurring when detainees damage overhead fire sprinklers. The current system pours down water and unlocks cell doors when a sprinkler head is damaged. “When this happens, it drops water in offices and in hallways, doing damage to the ceilings and computers and desks and that sort of thing,” Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael told the Commercial Appeal.

read more »